Guidelines for Conservancy Nature Preserves

The Conservancy works hard to balance the public uses offered on our preserves with protection of their natural integrity and scenic beauty for future generations. Recreational, educational, and scientific use of the preserves is encouraged, as long as it does not interfere with our primary goals of preservation and protection. We welcome you to explore and enjoy our beautiful preserves, keeping in mind that you are a temporary visitor to the homes of many plants and animals.

Please enjoy: Hiking, bicycling, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, and similar low-impact, non-motorized activities.

Please refrain from: Snowmobiling, camping, fires, dumping or littering, removal of vegetation, off-road vehicles.

Please remember:

Hunting is allowed only on designated preserves and with written permission only. Contact the Conservancy office at 231. 347.0991 for more information or to receive a permission form. Below is a link to the online hunting form. Please note that you must print a copy of the form and have the signed form with you while hunting. Little Traverse Conservancy’s online hunting form. Please observe these rules for hunting on a nature preserve.

State law requires that all dogs must be on a leash while visiting preserves. Please note that pets are NOT allowed at the following preserves: Sally Stebbins Preserve, Thorne Swift Preserve, and the Waldron Fen Preserve.

Please help us keep our preserves in good condition. Contact the Conservancy office at 231.347.0991 if you notice any inappropriate activity on a preserve or if trails, parking areas, or signs need attention. Preserves and trails require a good deal of management and maintenance. We appreciate the assistance of the many individuals who help monitor and provide stewardship for our preserves and trails. Please contact our office if you are interested in participating in the Conservancy’s stewardship volunteer program.

Public parks are generally established to handle more intensive use than our nature preserves and are maintained by the state and local governments across the North. Those parks which have been established with help from the Conservancy are identified. Please refer to the rules and regulations of the appropriate authorities when visiting these properties.

Walking Waldron Fen
Emmet County
Photo credit: Gary Osterbeck